For almost my entire life I’ve been around the military. My dad was in the Air Force for twenty-three years, and my husband is coming up on his twenty-fourth year in the Navy—we’ve been married for seventeen of those years. In fact, in our first twelve years of marriage, we moved eight times. I’ve really enjoyed some of the places we’ve lived, and some, not so much. At the core of it all, though, was the knowledge that no matter which way I felt about a place, we definitely wouldn’t be there long!
Our time in the Navy has been good to us for the most part. My husband has risen to the rank of E-9, the highest enlisted rank, and he currently serves as a Command Master Chief, third in charge behind the commanding and executive officers. He’s been able to earn dual master’s degrees while in service, and I have no doubt there will be a wonderful civilian career waiting for him after his planned retirement next summer.
All of this life experience is why I’m driven to writing military romance. In fact, my debut novel, Everything Changes, is about a Marine and the Navy corpsman he loves, and my upcoming sixth book is a May/Dec about a man who loses his son in Afghanistan, only to eventually fall in love with his son’s Army teammate. It’s by far the most angsty, most emotional book I’ve written to date. I hope to have an exciting announcement about it in my next monthly column!
My current work in progress is the first in a new series about special operations, a series which will encompass SEALs, Air Force pararescue, Green Berets and the combat helicopter pilots known as the Night Stalkers. It’s all still in development, but I’m very excited about it, as I consider writing military romance to be getting back to my roots—it’s definitely my passion!
Because of my excitement over my new series, and because August is also my birthday month, I would love to give away an Everything Changes prize pack (which includes a signed print copy of Everything Changes, a coffee mug and other goodies) to a US commenter, and for my international friends, an ebook copy and $10 Amazon gift card! You can let me know if you or someone you’ve loved has ever served in the military and what your experiences were, or just simply wish me a Happy Birthday!
Thanks so much, Dani and Love Bytes, for hosting me today!